At Giffard Park Primary School, Science has a vital role in developing well-rounded pupils. Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about natural phenomena while allowing them to understand how scientific ideas contribute to technological change. We aim to give all pupils a strong understanding of the impact of science in their everyday and future lives by asking them to think scientifically and gaining an understanding of the scientific processes and the implications in the real world through an engaging curriculum.
Each lesson develops the pupils’ scientific skills through practical activities focusing on observation, enquiry, planning and investigations, and encouraging ongoing pupil questions based on their scientific experiences.
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
As well as these, Giffard Park Primary School aims to:
Curriculum/Scheme of Work
We introduce pupils in Key Stage 1 to science through focused observations and explorations of the world around them. These will be further developed through supportive investigations into more independent work at Key Stage 2.
Lessons will allow for a wide range of scientific enquiry, including the following:
Science is taught one afternoon a week. Weekly lessons can take a variety of structures depending on whether the lesson is knowledge-based, a teacher-led experiment or pupil investigation. All classes include: a starter activity focused on learning from a previous lesson, opportunities for discussions and questions; mixed ability tables or partners; a piece of recorded work in science books, and a reflection or activity to recap and assess progress.
Children take part in STEM-themed days, where the whole school spends the week immersed in scientific topics and investigations.
In addition, children in Year 4 have had the opportunity to explore water, habitats and electricity by travelling on the Grand Union Canal via canal boat.
Year 5 attended the space centre to extend their learning on their scientific topic: space.